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The Cayenne luxury SUV drives almost like a sports car. Few SUVs can match it when it comes to handling agility.
It can be driven with gusto on winding roads. But the ride has an underlying firmness, and some jolts come through. With the base 3.0-liter V6 turbo, acceleration is robust once on the fly, but the Cayenne exhibits some initial hesitation off the line and the rough engine stop/start feature undermines smoothness. The infotainment system and other controls are tricky to use. Interior fit and finish is impeccable, however. The seats are very comfortable and supportive. Automatic emergency braking is standard. Blind spot warning, lane keeping assistance, and a surround-view camera system are optional. Changes for 2020 include a new Turbo S E-Hybrid model, which pairs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine and an electric motor for a total of 670 hp.
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2019-2020
2019 Redesign Year
The redesigned Cayenne shares basic components with most of new Audi models and brings new infotainment and driving assistant systems with new connected technology based on cloud computing. The Cayenne is a substantial luxury SUV that drives almost like a sports car.
Few SUVs can match it when it comes to handling agility. It can be driven with gusto on winding roads. But the ride has an underlying firmness and some jolts come through. With the base 3.0-liter V6 turbo, acceleration is robust once on the fly but the Cayenne exhibits some initial hesitation off the line and the rough engine stop/start feature undermines smoothness. The infotainment system and other controls are tricky to use. Interior fit and finish is impeccable, however. The seats are very comfortable and supportive. Auto emergency braking is standard. Blind spot warning, lane keeping assist, and a surround-view camera system are optional. Higher performance versions and a plug-in hybrid are also available.
$69,025 - $147,350
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$58,750 - $115,925
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2011-2018
2011 Redesign Year
A comprehensive 2011 redesign made the Cayenne one of the sportiest, most agile SUVs on the market. Available in V6, V8, turbo V8, and hybrid versions, all have a slick eight-speed automatic transmission.
A turbodiesel V6 arrived for 2013. Be apprised though, the diesel came under scrutiny in 2016 for alleged cheating on emissions testing, make sure it passes smog before you buy. The ride is a bit stiff at low speeds, but steady and controlled as you pick up the pace. The cabin is well finished, but many controls are over-complicated. Blind spot monitoring and a rear-view camera are optional.
$45,075 - $115,250
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$39,375 - $91,450
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$29,900 - $67,050
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$27,800 - $41,350
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$20,925 - $40,400
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$18,250 - $27,075
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$16,300 - $22,975
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$13,975 - $19,800
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2008-2010
2008 Redesign Year
Modest styling changes arrived for 2008. Over the road dynamics continue to be among the best in the category, with outstanding steering, handling and braking.
The ride is controlled, but very stiff. The complicated nature of the controls might be off-putting for some, but the Cayenne comes across just as luxurious as it is capable. Off road capability is enhanced by low range, center- and rear-differential locks. The body can also be raised to improve ground clearance.
$9,750 - $18,850
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$8,650 - $14,150
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$7,425 - $11,625
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2003-2007
2003 Redesign Year
Porsche's luxury, midsized SUV offers V6 and V8 engines. Low-range gearing and advanced electronics support strong off-road capability.
The S and Turbo models are very fast; the Turbo S has even more power. Some controls are overly complicated.
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$5,750 - $11,550
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$5,675 - $7,675
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$5,050 - $6,750
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$4,975 - $6,025
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